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tonight, president trump hits back, taking on james comey. >> no collusion, no obstruction, he's a leaker. >> the president saying the ex-fbi director lied under oath, denying he asked comey for loyalty. and now offering to testify himself. as our reporter, asking the question everyone wants to know. >> when will you tell us about the recordings? highway standoff. the high-speed chase involving an 18-wheeler, up to 100 miles per hour. the heavily-armed standoff shutting down an interstate. workplace rampage. the supermarket employee locking the doors of the store then killing three of his co-workers. the abc news exclusive. chelsea manning's first tv interview since her release from military prison. convicted for the largest leak
of secrets in u.s. history. tonight, why she did it. and, collision course. the out-of-control hot air balloons crashing into each other. one of the pilots hanging from the basket, high in the air. good evening. i'm tom llamas, in for david tonight. we begin with president trump, firing back, saying he is willing to testify under oath about his conversations with former fbi director james comey. at a rose garden event declaring victory, still tonight it's his word against comey's, unless their conversations were recording. jonathan karl, pursuing answers from the president tonight. >> reporter: president trump declared james comey's testimony a total and complete
vindication. >> no collusion, no obstruction,he's a leaker. >> reporter: he accused the fired fbi director of lying in much of the rest of his sworn testimony. >> we were very, very happy, and frankly, james comey confirmed a t lot of what i said. >> reporter: one of the most hotly disputed subjects, their meeting in february when trump cleared the room to meet one-on-one with comey. >> my impression is, i need to remember every single word that is spoken. >> reporter: comey said that's when the president said he hoped comey would let go of the investigation into fired
national security adviser michael flynn. >> i took it as, this is what he wants me to do. >> reporter: you're suggesting he didn't tell the truth in what he said. he did say, you said you hoped the flynn investigation -- >> i didn't say that. >> reporter: so he lied about that? >> i will tell you, i didn't say that. and there would be nothing wrong if i did say it. but i did not say that. >> reporter: comey said, the president told him i need loyalty. and he replied, you will always get honesty from me. the president said, that's what i want, honest loyalty. and comey said, that's what i will give you. >> i didn't say under oath, i
hardly know the man, i'm not going to say i want you to pledge allegiance. who would do that? think of it, i hardly know the man. it doesn't make sense. i didn't say that, and i didn't say the other. >> reporter: so if robert mueller asked you -- >> i would say the same thing to him. >> reporter: and hinting that there are recordings -- >> i didn't hint. i will tell you over a very short period of time. >> are there tapes, sir? >> you're going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer. don't worry. >> jonathan karl joins us from the white house. and today, the house intelligence committee tells us they're giving the white house two weeks to hand over any tapes that exist. >> reporter: a source close to
the president's legal team says they plan to file a complaint asking the internal watch dog investigate. >> the president and his team, now on the offensive. jon, thanks so much. next to the horrific scene on the highway. an 18-wheeler pursued by police at dangerous speeds, triggering six crashes. catching fire, and that's when a dangerous standoff began. here's phillip mena. >> reporter: tonight -- terrifying scenes on a texas highway >> we saw the 18-wheeler fly past us, probably doing about 100 miles per hour. >> reporter: the chase started around 12:30 p.m. >> a semitrailer. continued at a high rate of speed.
>> reporter: the truck striking six vehicles along the way, injuring at least eight people before skidding to a stop. the driver of this charred vehicle somehow managed to escape and make it to a nearby hospital. black smoke billowing. traffic backed up for miles as dozens of people watch the scene unfold. >> but this is in no way even over. >> reporter: officers taking defensive positions as an armored truck pulls alongside the cabin. after nearly three hours police finally managed to get the driver out alive. >> our s.w.a.t. team, along with ft. worth's swat team we worked together and moving in and we were able to apprehend a single occupant of the semi trailer and he is in custody right now. >> reporter: police say the driver was behaving erratically but was not belligerent. tonight they're trying to find out if he was under the influence or if it was a medical condition. tom? >> phillip, thank you. next, to reports that newly elected congressman greg
ginaforte will plead guilty to attacking a reporter. here's mary bruce. >> reporter: tonight, the associated press is reporting greg gianforte will plead guilty to charges he assaulted reporter ben jacobs, who was just trying to ask a question. >> i'm sick and tired of you guys! get the hell out of here. are you with the guardian? >> yes, and you just broke my glasses. you just body slammed me and broke my glasses. >> get the hell out of here. >> reporter: his team first claimed it was jacobs who caused the scene with his aggressive behavior. but a fox news crew contradicted
that claim. >> i should not have treated that reporter that way. for that, i'm sorry, mr. ben jacobs. >> reporter: we've reached out. but so far, no comment from the congressman elect. if convicted, he could face up to six months in prison and a $500 fine. >> thank you. overseas tonight, the election shocker in the united kingdom. the prime minister's party expected to gain more seats in parliament, losing seats instead. james longman is in london. >> reporter: a disaster for the uk prime minister tonight. theresa may's conservatives suffering a stunning setback. the first world leader to visit president trump at the white house.
walking with him hand-in-hand. called this election early, certain she would increase her majority and brexit mandate. instead, the country woke up to this. >> i think we've witnessed a political earthquake. >> reporter: theresa may's party losing the majority in parliament. but labor, her main opposition, faring far better than expected, energizing a youth vote angry about brexit. and terror attacks in manchester and london didn't help may's lackluster campaign. >> lost votes, lost support, and lost confidence. i would have thought that is enough. >> reporter: but theresa may is striking a deal with a smaller party to keep her job. >> that is what people voted for last june. that is what we will deliver. >> reporter: president trump was a vocal supporter of brexit and tonight he called mrs. may. brexit will happen because most parties vowed to honor the referendum result. but how and when is in the
balance. tom? >> james, thank you. and president trump making news with the statement on nato tonight. in the rose garden, saying for the first time that he supports article five, requiring each member to defend the other in the case of an attack. also today, the president appeared to take sides in a tense standoff in the middle east, issuing a stern warning to qatar for funding terrorism. next to investigators finding disturbing clues in what he posted online. here's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: tonight, police following an disturbing online trail of online clues to find out why randy stair trapped and killed three of his coworkers at this grocery store. police say stair showed up for
the night shift at 11:00 p.m. and started carrying out his plan, blocking the exits. and after closing, he began his shooting spree. firing 59 shots, killing coworkers terry sterling, victoria brong, and brian hayes. >> after he shot three employees, three people from the store, he then turned the gun on himself. one coworker did manage to escape. >> this is the saddest thing i >> this is the saddest thing i could ever imagine. >> reporter: prosecutors say stair left behind a trove of social media, including videos of himself firing and brandishing weapons and praising the columbine killers. >> may 11th. >> reporter: and a chilling video describing his plans for the massacre in intricate detail. >> counting down the days. >> reporter: his last tweet -- good-bye, humans, i'll miss you. it doesn't appear anyone raised any red flags or warned anyone
about this plot. tom? >> thank you. next to the nsa contractor with the unusual name, accused of leaking investigation about russian involvement in the election, remaining behind bars. next to the abc news exclusive interview with chelsea manning, convicted in the largest leak of classified information in u.s. history. how does she see what she did, and what will happen now? here's juju chang. >> reporter: tonight, chelsea manning, the soldier behind the largest leak of documents in u.s. history, is speaking out in her first tv interview since her release from prison. so many people call you a traitor. many call you a hero. >> right. >> reporter: who is chelsea manning? >> so, i'm just me. it's as simple as that. >> reporter: but her journey far
from simple. back in 2010, then known as bradley manning, she was charged with leaking more than 700,000 documents, many of them classified. one could argue, you took a oath to defend the constitution against enemies. >> right. >> reporter: do you feel like you betrayed that oath? >> no, i think i stuck to it. >> reporter: manning says she turned to wikileaks after seeing images like this. u.s. soldiers opening fire on what ended up being civilians. >> look at that. right through the windshield. >> reporter: including children. >> well, it's their fault for bringing their kids into a battle. >> that's right. >> i stopped seeing just statistics and information. and i started seeing people. counterinsurgency warfare is not a simple thing. there's not, there's no, it's not as simple as, like, good guys versus bad guys. it is a mess. >> reporter: but critics say she betrayed her country and should have taken her concerns up the chain of command. there are those who say you may have been motivated to get the information into the public sphere, but you might have also given it to our enemies. >> right. but i have a responsibility to
the public. >> reporter: do you feel as though you owe the american public an apology? >> i've accepted responsibility. anything i've done, this is me. >> reporter: in a controversial move, president obama commuted manning's 35-year sentence just days before leaving office. >> i feel very comfortable that justice has been served. >> reporter: you haven't spoken to president obama. what would you say to him, if you could? >> thank you. i've been given a chance. that's all i wanted. >> reporter: you wanted a chance. >> that's all i asked for, was a chance. that's it. and this is my chance. >> and juju joins us now from los angeles. she was stunned when she was granted clemency? >> reporter: absolutely. she was looking at another 28 years in a military prison, and yet she had already served more
time than any other leaker in u.s. history. now, she has freedom to speak out on everything from transgender rights and prison reform. >> there will be much more on an upcoming special edition of "nightline." the hot air balloon collision caught on camera. the balloon pilot dangling from the basket high above the ground. two frightened passengers with no idea what to do next. plus, the risk of texting while walking. the woman, unaware of the danger right in front of her. and, the great baby escape. the toddler helping his little brother to climb to freedom. stay with us. like an "unjection™". xeljanz xr. a once daily pill for adults with moderate to severe ra
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sometimes hunger to reach the top of her class. tonight, why it's all paying off. >> never give up. never stop fighting. >> reporter: for graduates of east wake high school in north carolina, the evidence was right there in front of them. anything really is possible. >> it was difficult at first because when i was starting to apply to college, i didn't even have an address to apply to. >> reporter: that's because 17-year-old megan faircloth along with her sister and her mother all lived in this beat-up chevy cavalier. imagine seeing life through that back broken window. >> i was trying to pin down my homework with all of my books and stuff like that and it started raining on my homework and i was like, this can either be the end or this is the beginning of me fighting on. >> reporter: and fight she did. >> the first semester i was taking four a.p. classes and the second semester i was taking three a.p. classes and precalculus honors. and during that time i was also the vice president of student council and the president of the literature club. >> reporter: when times were
really tough -- disco. >> i took song lyrics like "i will survive" by gloria gaynor. i listened to that song whenever we had internet access, to try and keep myself going, like, i will survive this. >> reporter: megan not only survived, she thrived. head of the class. her story taking off, and stanford university taking notice. >> i got a note in the mail from stanford saying they were interested in me and they hoped i'd apply. >> reporter: next fall, meghan heads to stanford, to study education and teach the lesson she lived. >> you can push your limits and you should always push yourself because you can do things even if you don't think you can. >> so tonight we salute meghan for being "america strong." thank you for watching on this friday. i'm tom llamas. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow.
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